Dr. Vanessa M. Perry is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Counseling Program at The University of Arizona. Dr. Perry comes to The University of Arizona from East Carolina University (ECU), North Carolina, where she earned a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration. While at ECU, Dr. Perry was an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer who responded to the aftermath of the 2014 tornadoes that devastated Beaufort County, North Carolina. She also served as clinic manager, clinical supervisor, and counselor at a community mental health clinic affiliated with ECU, in addition to providing outreach and counseling services to homeless veterans via a mobile clinic. In other work experience, Dr. Perry has been a rehabilitation counselor, disability rights advocate, military social service support, and clinical mental health counselor. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
At The University of Arizona, Dr. Perry instructs clinical mental health and clinical rehabilitation counseling courses. She is faculty advisor to the Counseling Program’s student organization, Counselors for Social Justice, a chartered chapter of the American Counseling Association. Her research interests include the clinical supervision of Spanish-English bilingual counselors and the shared decision making process in mental health treatment.